Archive for April, 2010

I gotta let it out!

Oh I can’t keep it in can’t keep it in
I’ve gotta let it out.
I’ve got to show the world, world’s got to see.
See all the love, love that’s in me – I said
Why walk alone. Why worry when it’s warm over here.
You got so much to say, say what you mean.
Mean what you’re thinkin’, and think anything.

Cat Stevens – “Can’t Keep It In”

This song best describes what became art: UNCENSORED last night!  It was a bunch of friends getting together in a safe environment where they felt comfortable sharing anything they felt needed to COME OUT!!!

From the strange, to the intense, to the hilarious it was all stuff we had inside that was going to come out one way or another, and its so good when it comes out in this positive, creative kind of way.

Thank you to everyone who decided to make this experience a part of their life last night!  Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped set up and to the performers who helped make it what it was.

You can’t write this kind of stuff, you certainly can’t force it, but we can let it come together and let ourselves let it in.

I am blessed and humbled more and more by the amazing and wonderful people that are drawn to being a part of everything that Art Tasting is becoming.  It is about the place, the moment, the people, and the art that is born from bringing all those ingredients together.

Congratulations to the raffle winner of the $25 gift certificate donated by City Beverage – comedian and artist, Ross Mihalko and his winning “grossest word”… VAGISIL!!!

Thank you to everyone who is drawn to the magic and are busy making it!!!

With love and respect,



spontaneous art!

I was sitting outside drinking a soothing glass of wine and reflecting on Art Tasting’s performance last night.  There was something (a lot of things) magical about the way that everyone came together.

From people  stepping up impromtu (including the incredible platinum record winning David McHugh) to the fantastic piano player/singer/songwriter I met at Salem College the night before (who ended up rocking some incredible original songs), something brought us together.  That “thing” is one of the most powerful things we possess: our creativity.

As my friend and Artist Way teacher Tim Binkley said (and I am paraphrasing), “All around us we have evidence of a very creative God.   Our creativity is something God gives us, and using our creativity is our gift back.”

We all have this innate creativity.  Its not something gifted to only a special few.  Its our birthright.  Its up to us to use it.  PLUS, its A LOT of FUN!

At the end of the performance, I joined the group of poets, singers, musicians, and painters that were drinking wine, enjoying each others company and JAMMING.  As I started moving/dancing and soaking up the power of this impromptu and DIVERSE community, I was humbled by the experience I was sharing with the outstanding human beings that were choosing to be a part of this night and this art.

I am very thankful to everyone that is saying “YES” to being a part of this ever changing experiment: Art Tasting, and I am especially thankful for the new nickname that was bestowed upon me of….Sue Diddy.